BREAKING: Journalist Involved In Ebola Fight Murdered In DR Congo
Emerging report indicates that a 35-year-old radio host, Papy Mumbere Mahamba who helped to spread the word in the fight against Ebola has been stabbed to death at his home in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo.
YANS.NG gathered that the suspected assailants wounded Mahamba's wife before burning down his home late Saturday.
“Our colleague Papy Mumbere Mahamba was killed at his home by unknown attackers who stabbed him to death” a journalist at Radio Lwemba, the local radio station where Mahamba worked said.
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AFP reported that Professor Steve Ahuka, national coordinator of the fight against Ebola and General Robert Yav, the commander of Congolese army forces in the Ituri town of Mambasa also confirmed the death of the journalist.
This comes as health authorities were set to introduce a new vaccine against the disease in unaffected areas.
DR Congo declared an Ebola epidemic in August 2018 in the conflict-wracked eastern provinces of North Kivu, South Kivu and Ituri, bordering Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
The highly contagious haemorrhagic fever has so far killed 2,185 people, according to the latest official figures.
It is the DRC's 10th Ebola epidemic and the second deadliest on record after an outbreak that struck West Africa in 2014-16, claiming more than 11,300 lives.
Health workers have repeatedly come under attack.
A Cameroonian doctor from the World Health Organization (WHO), Richard Valery Mouzoko Kiboung, was shot dead in April in an attack on a hospital in North Kivu province.
A nurse and a police officer were killed in similar circumstances since the start of the epidemic.
In September, militiamen torched around 20 homes of health workers fighting Ebola in the area around Mambasa.